1,000 employees evacuated after acid spill, fire in northwest Austin

Employees were evacuated from ICU Medical after an acid leak. (KXAN Photo/Paul Shelton)
Employees were evacuated from ICU Medical after an acid leak. (KXAN Photo/Paul Shelton)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A hazmat situation initially described as an isolated, small chemical spill by the Austin Fire Department led to the evacuation of around 1,000 people at a company in northwest Austin.

Firefighters were called to 3900 W. Howard Ln., just west of MoPac Expressway, at 2:55 p.m. Tuesday. Authorities determined a 30-gallon container of acid was leaking and spilled inside a containment room. AFD says they worked with the company’s response team to mitigate the spill.

The main building of ICU Medical was evacuated after a small fire started in a chemical storage shed, the fire department said. The fire was out as of around 4:20 p.m., firefighters said.

No injuries were reported and the employees were cleared to go back into the building around 6 p.m. A private contractor is currently in the process of cleaning the spill.

 

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